LSU fans load up on new merchandise before season opener

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Although this football season is different, LSU fans are doing some last minute shopping.

“I’m super excited, I’ve been waiting on this for a long time,” William Keigley, an LSU fan, said.

They won’t be able to wear their new purple and gold gear tailgating on campus but people say they have other plans.

“At home we can do the same things we were doing anyway.” Keigley said. “As long as get to watch them play we’re good to go.”

“It’ll be different but we’re still going to win,” Gordon Shepherd said.

Sara Sanders owns the Purple and Gold Sports Shop on Siegen. She says this weekends game brought in a big crowd, the biggest she’s seen since the start of the pandemic. She says even with the surplus of people, her sales have drastically decreased compared to last year.

“You’re seeing full fans [last year] versus 25% fans [that are allowed in tiger stadium this year] minus the tailgating, that’s a lot,” Sanders said.

Over on LSU’s campus lies Bengals and Bandits sports store. They’ve experienced the same dramatic dip in sales because of the coronavirus.

“Traditionally after National Championship year we would be on fire right now,” Patrick Wilkerson said. “In the last 10 years this would by far be our slowest fall to start.”

Wilkerson is the stores owner. He says people have also started buying different products.

“Before it was face tattoos, hats, and socks, but this year people really want to game up with their purple and gold masks,” he said.

Fans say despite what they lost, they’re excited to see what the future holds for the tigers.

Kick off is Saturday at 2:30 PM.

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